Hiller B. Zobel

Hiller B. Zobel

Born: February 23, 1932

A.B. Harvard 1953, cum laude; LL.B. Harvard 1959

U.S. Naval Reserve (LT-ret); active duty: 1953-1955

Full time practice of law, Boston 1959-1967; part-time, 1967-1979 (Maritime law, general litigation, libel law)

Assoc. Prof. and (tenured) Professor. Boston College Law School, 1967-1979

Courses: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Introduction to Litigation, Copyright, Admiralty, Trial Practice, Judicial Process (seminar)Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court, 1979-2002 (retired)

Recalled Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court, 2005-2009

Associated with Resolutions, LLC, Boston: Mediation, Arbitration, and Neutral Evaluation

Consultant, CRICO/RMF, Cambridge: Medical malpractice matters


The Boston Massacre (1971; reissued, 1996), winner Sons of the Revolution in New York award (1972)

Massachusetts Rules Practice (with James W. Smith, Esq.) (4 vols. 1974-1981); and second edition (2006-2007)

Doctors and the Law (with Stephen N. Rous, M.D.) (1992)

Various scholarly and popular articles on law and history; op-ed pieces; monthly column, Christian Science Monitor (“Judging the Law”) (1982-1988; 1990)


(with L. Kinvin Wroth) Legal Papers of John Adams (3 vols. 1965), winner American Historical Association, Littleton-Griswold Prize (1966)

Elected member: American Law Institute; Massachusetts Historical Society; American Antiquarian Society; Colonial Society of New England; Society of American Historians.


Formerly: National Mass Torts Litigation Committee; Executive Committee, National Conference of State Trial Judges; Council (Board) Massachusetts Historical Society; National Advisory Council, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Courts and the Media, National Judicial College/University of Nevada; Vice-President, American Society for Legal History.


Court meetings: Connecticut, Iowa. Massachusetts, Nebraska, South Carolina, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Adams Historical Site.

Various professional groups

Various historical societies.

Various industry groups.

Serena Zabin

Serena Zabin

Serena Zabin is a Professor of History, Broom Fellow for Public Scholarship, and Chair of the History Department at Carleton College. She is the author of the prizewinning The Boston Massacre: A Family History (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), which was also named an Amazon Editor’s Choice for History in 2020. The research for this book covers four countries and was supported by numerous grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice) and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Professor Zabin is also the codesigner of a forthcoming video game, Witness to the Revolution, in partnership with Professors Austin Mason (Carleton College), Andrew Williams (University of Wisconsin-Stout) and David Beck (University of Wisconsin-Stout). This immersive three-dimensional video game is an extension of her book The Boston Massacre: A Family History.
Professor Zabin has also written two other books about early America: Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) and The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden’s Journal of the Proceedings (Bedford St. Martins, 2004).

Her most recent essays include “Towards a More Perfect Union,” opening essay for Building a More Perfect Union: Teaching the American Revolution and Beyond (National Endowment for the Humanities and National History Day, 2021); “Women and the Long American Revolution,” in The Companion to American Women’s History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020), and “Empire and Protest,” in The Cambridge History of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Professor Zabin regularly speaks with museums, cultural institutions, and libraries about her work on the American Revolution, as well as serving on scholar’s advisory boards for Revolutionary Spaces (Boston) and the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia).
Professor Zabin earned her PhD in history at Rutgers University and joined the faculty of the history department at Carleton in 2000.

Kerima Lewis

Kerima Lewis

Kerima Lewis teaches history at Massasoit Community College, Quincy College and Emerson College in Massachusetts.

Having worked in the fields of social work and law before becoming a historian, she holds a B.A. degree from Northwestern University, a M.S.W. degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work, a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Lewis wrote her dissertation on the history of slave resistance in Colonial New England.  Her article “Captives on the Move: Tracing the Transatlantic Movements of Africans from the West Indies to Colonial New England,” was published in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Summer 2016).

Dr. Lewis was a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellow in 2009 and she is presently working on the publication of her first book with an American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship for 2020-2021.

As a local historian in the field of slavery in New England, Dr. Lewis is often asked to make presentations on this topic within the community.

Daniel R. Coquillette

Daniel R. Coquillette

The author of The Intellectual Sword: Harvard Law School, The Second Century (with Bruce A. Kimball), On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century (with Bruce A. Kimball), Portrait of a Patriot: The Quincy Papers (with Neil Longley York), Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility, The Anglo-American Legal Heritage, Frances Bacon, and The Civilian Jurists of Doctor’s Commons and editor of Law in Colonial Massachusetts, Daniel R. Coquillette is the J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College and the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal Education at Harvard Law School and teaches and writes in the areas of legal history and professional responsibility.

Professor Coquillette was a law clerk for Justice Robert Braucher of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught legal ethics and legal history on the faculty of the Boston University Law School, Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School, and became a partner for six years at the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge, where he specialized in complex litigation. He served as Dean of Boston College Law School from 1985-1993, and was named J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College in 1996, and Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard in 2008.

Among his many activities, Professor Coquillette was an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement on Law Governing the Legal Profession, and a member of the Harvard University Overseers’ Committee to Visit Harvard Law School. For five years, he was Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and Chairman of the Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law. He also served on the American Bar Association Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the Board of the American Society of Legal History, the Massachusetts Task Force on Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Massachusetts Task Force on Professionalism and the Special Committee on Model Rules of Attorney Conduct of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. From 1985 until 2019 he was appointed by the respective Chief Justice as Reporter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which he still serves as a Senior Consultant. He is also a Senior Editor of Moore’s Federal Practice.

Robert Allison

Robert Allison

Robert J. Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University.

He chairs Revolution 250, a consortium of more than 60 historical organizations in New England planning commemorations of the American Revolution’s 250th anniversary.  He is also the president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a Life Trustee of the USS CONSTITUTION Museum, a Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, and an honorary member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati.

In addition to Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2004) his books include A Very Short Introduction to the American Revolution (2015), A Short History of Cape Cod (2011), A Short History of Boston (2004),  and The Crescent Obscured:  The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (2000). .  He also produced “Before 1776:  Life in the American Colonies” (2009) for The Teaching Company’s “Great Courses,” and “The Age of Benjamin Franklin” (2018).  With Bernard Bailyn he edited The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings (2019) and he edited The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (3rd edition, 2016) as well as other books on American history.

He earned his doctorate at Harvard (History of American Civilization) and his undergraduate degree at the Harvard Extension School, where he has taught since 1993.  He earned the Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award at the Extension School in 1996, and has three times received the Suffolk Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award, and once received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service at Suffolk.

He and his wife live in East Boston;  their oldest son is a 2013 Suffolk alum, their younger son is in the U.S. Coast Guard.